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SanDisk Memory Vault Drive Designed to Help Your Photos Outlive You

According to a survey conducted for SanDisk, 64% of adults in the US wouldn’t consider destroying their photo collections for $1 million. At the same time, the general public probably doesn’t spend nearly enough time and money ensuring the safety of those same photos. Well, SanDisk announced a new product today designed to help photos last at least as long as their owners do. It’s called the “Memory Vault”, and is a rugged flash drive that has the proven ability to preserve data uncorrupted — a big problem for ordinary hard drives — for up to 100 years. 8GB of storage will cost you $50, while 16GB is priced at $80.

SanDisk Memory Vault [SanDisk]


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/ppucci Persio Pucci

    16Gb? for photos? I am missing something? 16Gb of photos is sooo 1995… let me know when they release a 2Tb version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ppucci Persio Pucci

    16Gb? for photos? I am missing something? 16Gb of photos is sooo 1995… let me know when they release a 2Tb version.

  • Flgraphics

    ya 16GB is way too small

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I’ve got 2TB of image files to preserve. 16GB is laughable.

  • Brien

    Yes, 2TB today, need 16TB for this drive to have any value past the next 15 minutes!  Manufacturers need to get back in touch with their audiences…

  • Brien

    Yes, 2TB today, need 16TB for this drive to have any value past the next 15 minutes!  Manufacturers need to get back in touch with their audiences…

  • Brien

    Yes, 2TB today, need 16TB for this drive to have any value past the next 15 minutes!  Manufacturers need to get back in touch with their audiences…

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Agree with Persio. My current photo archive in Aperture runs at 240gb. 

  • Difficulty

    Is this any different from an ordinary flash drive, which as I understand it, may have an extraordinary lifespan — if you are not reading/writing to it constantly (i.e., leaving it on a shelf).

  • http://stephan-zielinski.com/ szielins

    This just in: SanDisk unable to detect sarcasm in 64% of the American population.

  • http://stephan-zielinski.com/ szielins

    This just in: SanDisk unable to detect sarcasm in 64% of the American population.

  • Alan Dove

    It has the “proven ability” to preserve data uncorrupted for 100 years? Wow. What did they use to write the test data on it way back in 1911, a dip pen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.chua Sam Chua

    my current image library is in the Terabytes…not gigabytes

  • http://www.markjp.com Mark J P

    A nice idea, but these are tiny (space wise)!

  • Travis

    Good idea, useless in practice, I’ve got over 500gb in raws, tiffs, and jpegs to store.  Even sacrificing my raws I still have 150gb of other files….

  • Anonymous

    give me $1million and i will flush it down the toilet right now! :D

  • Anonymous

    give me $1million and i will flush it down the toilet right now! :D

  • Peter

    a printed photo will long outlive you too

  • Peter

    a printed photo will long outlive you too

  • Peter

    a printed photo will long outlive you too

  • Chris

    Wow!  For $80 I can store twice what a double-layer DVD can store!  (Likely with similar corruption rates)  Color me uninterested.  

    The problem with current systems isn’t that you need lower corruption storage systems, it’s that we’re not detecting corruption reliably enough.  If you care enough about your storage to spend $80 per 16GB you should certainly care enough to use redundant disks and replace one when it starts exhibiting corruption, but virtually nothing out there systematically checks for corruption so it’s possible you have two corrupt disks before you notice.